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Fall Festival Photos

Dear members and friends of the Sodality of Charity,

We had our first Sodality Fall Festival on Sunday, October 9. The Sodalists and other attendants had great time. And the festival was also a success in collecting funds for our Sodality. After the expenses, we were left $922 for profit. We were able to purchase pretty sashes, which were introduced at our monthly meeting. The girls can now wear their sashes at our meetings, and while they attend Sodality Mass. The sash of the older girls is blue, and that of the younger girls is violet.

Thank you to our member who kindly donated eggs laid by her family’s chickens. All the prayers our Sisters, Sodalists, and their families said did the trick, and the weather on the festival day was beautiful. The attendants also enjoyed great servings, including corn dogs and pies. Winner of the pie contest was Mrs. Mary Brueggemann with chocolate silk pie.

St. Gertrude the Great parish had her final Fatima Rosary procession for peace on Thursday, October 13, with total of 135 people attending. This was the anniversary of the famous Miracle of the Sun, which was witnessed by tens of thousands of people and which led to the official recognition of Our Lady of Fatima on October 13, 1930. Because Our Lady’s exhortations were heard, Portugal gained peace and also retained it even during World War II. Our Rosary processions are great acts of devotion and piety, which we at St. Gertrude the Great love so much.

But don’t forget, we still have activities left in the second half of October. On Sunday, October 16, we have our SGG School bake sale, where you can bring your baked treats for sale, and also shop after all morning Masses.

On the weekend of October 21-23 we have our Forty Hours Devotion, which starts on Friday evening and continues with all night adoration. Note that on Saturday, Oct. 22, there’s the High Mass for peace at 9 AM, followed by morning and afternoon adoration. Fridays and Sundays are usually well attended, but Saturdays are easy to overlook. So come to Mass, spend time in the presence of Our Lord, and pray for peace in our country and the world on this day, which is Our Lady’s Saturday. (And if you are into American history, also the date when Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first President of the independent republic of Texas in 1836).

Lastly, on the feast of Christ the King, Sunday, October 30, we have the All Saints party. Children will dress up as saints and attend the High Mass wearing their costumes. Afterwards they will give a short presentation they have prepared of the saint they’re dressed as.

Yours in Christ and Mary,

Fr. Lehtoranta

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